Acquiring Holiness

Holiness comes only to those who struggle Not an hour should pass without taking time to examine our heart, for the hour of judgement can come at any time, and we must be ready to give account to God for our life. When we practice examination of the heart, we do so with the knowledge that there is no spiritual…

Hospice or Hospital?

Spiritual pain control or spiritual healing? Since the Church is a hospital for the soul wherein we come for healing, it is important that we take full advantage of all the resources the Church offers us for such healing. Frequent confession, where we bare our sins before God with the priest as the witness is an important beginning to the…

The Holy Cross

The Procession of the Life-Creating Cross The Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord is a feast of the Church that has it’s roots in Constantinople, because of the illnesses that occur in August. It was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople…

Creating Harmony

Creating harmony out of chaos The inevitability of death is particularly difficult to face for most Americans, as we’ve become a people that eschew traditional funerals, preferring to “celebrate the life of our loved one, while disposing of the body, and banning any sign of death from the memorial service should we even decide to have a service. Yet the…

My Alaskan Pilgrimage Continues

Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea I’ve just returned Anchorage after journeying to Kodiak, Spruce Island, and Saint Paul Island. As my regular readers know, while on Saint Paul Island, I was without cell phone service and WiFi, so it will be a slow return to offering my daily postings, given my state of exhaustion. I’m going to share…

A Society in Decline

Let us be the Light of Christ in the midst of a world in darkness One of the most beloved movies ever made was Frank Capra’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Staring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, the movie tells the story of an ever optimistic man, who, while facing life’s hardships, set aside his own dreams in order to help…

The Saint Herman of Alaska Pilgrimage continued

The Saint Herman of Alaska Pilgrimage continued Please forgive me for not writing a blog article, but the pilgrimage is taking it’s toll on my aging body. I am, however, posting the saints of the day, along with the scripture readings. Hope you enjoy these latest photos. Tomorrow we head to Spruce Island, and will celebrate a Hierarchical Liturgy in…

The Saint Herman of Alaska Pilgrimage An Akathist to Saint Herman of Alaska was chanted in Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in Kodiak. It was followed by the Archbishop’s Tea, with Metropolitan Tikhon and Archbishop David. Friday August 9, 2019 / July 27, 2019 8th Week after Pentecost. Tone six. Fast. Food with Oil Holy Great-martyr and Healer Panteleimon (305). Commemoration…

The Caregiver

My dear mother was diagnosed with dementia, back in 2003. Soon after the diagnosis I moved her from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and into an assisted living place on Vashon Island, where I could be involved in the supervision of her care. The dementia progressed for the next four years, and almost from the beginning, she needed me to be…

The Priest

The chief sign of a priest If a priest is not himself filled with the Holy Spirit he will be unable to impart genuine Orthodoxy to others. If a priest is not working on the acquisition of a humble and contrite heart, he will have failed in his priestly ministry, and will betray himself, and fail in his ministry to…

Orthodox Evangelism

Imparting the faith as a missionary people The first missionary monks to the North American came to a land where Orthodoxy had never been. Their encounter with the native peoples was one of mutual respect. They did not greet their new neighbors as pagans, but as a people who’s experience with God was limited, but who nevertheless held to certain…

Helping the Vulnerable

With authority comes responsibility When people are hurting, and seeking professional help, they are vulnerable, and the trust they place in the professional makes them particularly open to exploitation. This is why we must have institutions and lines of authority that hold professionals accountable. We can not allow anyone who is vulnerable, be they a child, or an adult, to…